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  • Looking over golden forests and mist to the snow-capped summit of the mountain
    Ben Cruachan, north bank of Loch Awe, Argyll
  • flowery bushes border the grand drive up to the spledid, turreted castle
    Inveraray Castle, home to the Duke of Argyll
  • A group of children look on as a criminal trail from the 19th century is renacted in the Inveraray Jail courtroom, Argyll
    The courtroom at Inveraray Jail, Argyll
  • Twisted Tree at Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens, known as the mightiest conifer in Europe, Argyll & The Isles
    Twisted Tree at Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens

If you’re looking for a great range of activities that the whole family can enjoy, then Argyll & The Isles is the perfect place to visit. Whether you fancy uncovering the history of ancient castles or soaking up the atmosphere of beautiful gardens you’ll find plenty things to see and do here.

Have you ever wondered what life was like for prisoners during the 19th century? The torturous past of Inveraray Jail is brought to life through a living museum and visitor attraction which includes an 1820s courtroom and the real sights and smells of the time.

For more history and a chance to explore fantastic fortresses, head for the many castles across Argyll & The Isles. From the ruins of Carnasserie Castle to the impressive Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull, there are many castles which are guaranteed to inspire children of all ages.

There’s plenty activities to keep the children amused, come rain or shine. For something truly unique, head for Ben Cruachan where you’ll discover a power station one kilometre into the mountain. The massive cavern is high enough to house the Tower of London and the underground humid conditions mean that many subtropical plants thrive here. Discover how the huge turbines turn water into electricity.

Back in the great outdoors, explore Argyll & The Isles’ many beautiful gardens and green spaces which include Benmore Botanic Garden north of Dunoon, with its spectacular avenue of redwoods which greets visitors at the garden's entrance. The Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens at Cairndow is another beautiful garden and is home to one of Britain’s tallest trees.

There are also lots of opportunities to spot the region’s wildlife at nature centres and reserves.

Browse the listings for more great ideas of family days out across Argyll & The Isles.

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  1. Gradings

    Appin

    Welcome to Rosebank Garden Gallery and Loch Linnhe Tiles

  2. Carnasserie Castle

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    Castles

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    Kilmartin

    Explore this magnificent ruined castle, the former home of the first Protestant Bishop of the Isles.

  3. Mccaig's Tower

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    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Oban

    McCaig’s Tower is a prominent landmark in the resort town of Oban in Argyll on Scotland’s west coast.

  4. Inveraray Jail

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    Museums

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    Inveraray

    Inveraray Jail is a living museum and visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison.

  5. Gradings

    Colintraive

    Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park, opened in 2012 by Karen Scotland and Anne Edmonds, is an outdoor gallery tucked away on the Kyles of Bute on Argyll’s Secret Coast.

  6. Fairwinds

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Dunoon

    Fairwinds is a beautiful medium sized garden situated on George Street in Dunoon.

  7. An Cala

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    Parks & Gardens

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    Seil

    An Cala is a 1930s designed garden situated on the Isle of Seil, off the Argyll coast.

  8. Ocean Explorer Centre

    Type

    Marine Life Centres

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Oban

    Welcome to the new Ocean Explorer Centre! Let us take you on a journey of discovery into the sea to explore why author Arthur C Clark once said: 'How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.'

  9. Whitehouse Studio

    Type

    Arts & Crafts

    Gradings

    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    Whitehouse Studio - Art & Design Courses for all levels of ability

  10. Gradings

    Bute

    Discover this ancient Iron-Age fort located at the southern end of the Isle of Bute.

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